The World Bank Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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  • "Large platform with good work life balance(in 124 reviews)

  • "Great work environment provided by WBG(in 112 reviews)

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  • "Unless you are staff (which only economists or high executives are) you have virtually no benefits(in 72 reviews)

  • "Work life balance can be improved(in 56 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company

      Jan 8, 2021 - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      stimulating work environment and diversity

      Cons

      despite improvements, largely bureaucratic and hierarchical culture

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    2. 2.0
      Current Contractor, more than 3 years

      STC

      Jan 10, 2021 - Consultant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Interesting projects, very knowledgeable people, collegial work environment, strong scope for development impact.

      Cons

      Great place to work as a full-time staff member, but I'm one of thousands of "short term" consultants (STCs). Some STCs manage to get hired full-time in a reasonable amount of time, but it's not guaranteed. Joining as an STC does not guarantee a full-time position, so you need to keep your options open, skills updated, and resume fresh.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Contractor

      great experience to work on development

      Nov 20, 2020 - Economiste in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      work environment, multicultural, plenty of resources to conduct impactful projects

      Cons

      difficulty to find a work life balance

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    4. 5.0
      Former Intern

      Fantastic workplace

      Oct 5, 2020 - STT (Short Term Temporary) 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Inclusive work environment A lot of opportunities to learn from world-class economists

      Cons

      common issues wihtin big interntaional organizations: too big and too slow and the pay is not nothing compared to similar roles in the private sector.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Intern, less than 1 year

      Loved it

      Oct 18, 2020 - Legal Intern in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great staff and work environment

      Cons

      Long hours and little mobility

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    6. 5.0
      Former Intern

      Awesome place

      Oct 8, 2020 - PhD Candidate in College Park, MD
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      Pros

      Great work environment provided by WBG

      Cons

      There are no cons in working with WBG

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    7. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Very Valuable Experience

      Aug 18, 2020 - Internal Audit 
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      Pros

      Very friendly, supportive and welcoming staff. Appreciated the diversity of the work environment.

      Cons

      Wished there were more opportunities for interns.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Review

      Sep 16, 2020 - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      diversified working environment to grow and learn

      Cons

      Be ready to work the extract mile

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great mission

      Aug 23, 2020 - Financial Officer 
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      Pros

      Good Benefits. Challenging work environment

      Cons

      Does not have a remote working culture

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work but at huge price

      May 17, 2020 - Energy Specialist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Prestigious position and work environment, meaningful job, you will literally be changing the world, you will literally influence people lives, opportunities for development, great opportunities after leaving the Bank, excellent pay, excellent benefits, opportunity to travel the world, meet leaders and top officials, live in DC, and flexible work options.

      Cons

      Long lasting career within the Bank is unlikely; Your future is always uncertain as most contracts are term contracts making it impossible to feel settled in town or establish a family; Your livelihood is in the hand of your colleagues whom feedback does not necessarily depend on your professional outputs; short term consultant contracts are technically a form of modern day slavery and require full review ASAP; Team members scattered around the globe and respect for personal time outside work hours is nonexistent (personally I have been told to my face by a task team leader that if I prioritize my family then this job is not for me, this ideology is wide spread across the Bank and perhaps explains why large number of staff either come from broken homes or from poverty/war, though it is worth noting that you're highly encouraged to marry from within the institution); Sexual harassment is widespread (refer to Staff Association recent survey) and this is not surprising when taking into consideration the power some staff are given when it comes to contract renewal and the position of vulnerability you're at once you have tasted the benefits of this job; expect it to be difficult to have a social life outside work given the frequent travels and work hours;

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